Out today: An Irish Promise

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Writing duo Liv and Val (a.k.a. Isabella Connor) are celebrating the e-release of An Irish Promise. We asked them to tell us a little bit about their second novel …

It feels quite strange – in a pleasant way – to now refer to our books. Plural. We’ve been incredibly lucky with Beneath an Irish Sky, with most of the feedback being very positive and encouraging. The downside (if it can be called that) is that it makes the publication of Book 2 quite nerve-wracking, wondering if it will fail miserably and we’ll be a writer’s version of St Winifred’s School Choir – one hit wonders.

But…c’est la vie!

An Irish Promise is not a sequel to Beneath an Irish Sky, although there is one character who is in both books. And no, we’re not telling you who it is.  Liv has a competition running on Facebook and Twitter to see if anyone can guess. An Irish Promise is a story about bullying, and the effects on the victim and the bullies – and their families. Our heroine, Rachel, is full of anger and is driven by a desire for revenge. Fortunately – or unfortunately – romance gets in the way, and makes her question the wisdom of continuing with her plan, and at one point after an act of vengeance goes somewhat awry and events make it far more destructive than she’d actually intended, she is uncomfortably aware (excuse use of adverb!)  that it isn’t quite as satisfying as she thought it might be.

We’re looking forward to hearing how An Irish Promise compares to Beneath an Irish Sky. We feel that the story is totally different, but maybe we’re too involved to be objective.

In some ways, An Irish Promise was harder to write because whereas Beneath an Irish Sky is set half in Ireland and half in England, An Irish Promise is set totally in Ireland.  Fingers crossed that we’ve done it justice – Ireland, that is. We’ve avoided filling the novel with loads of ‘to be sures’ and ‘begorrahs’.

The Irish Promise itself refers to the Claddagh – love, loyalty and friendship. It’s surely the kind of gift most girls would want to receive from their man, and Rachel is no exception, but of course love has a habit (especially in novels) of being beset by obstacles. Can you keep a promise that was made before circumstances and events turn your world upside down?  Rachel’s plan for revenge has repercussions that she could never have foreseen. And let’s not forget the other – rather unexpected – suitor waiting in the wings.  Dun dun duuuuuun…

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14 thoughts on “Out today: An Irish Promise

  1. It sounds an exciting premise, and is just the sort of book I enjoy. Plus I’m a sucker for anything set in Ireland. I look forward to reading it, Liv and Val.

  2. A suitor waiting in the wings sounds ominous – but in a good way! I’m looking forward to reading this new one from you two talented ladies.

  3. This is definitely one for me. I love books set in Ireland, Irish music, Irish tenors. Am looking forward to reading for another reason – for a page-turning story. Hope it sells in zillions!

  4. Thank you, ladies. I love you all. 🙂 That makes me sound like that rather large lady that used to come out at the end of Morecambe and Wise.

    Your help today with tweets etc. is very much appreciated.


  5. Yay, another Irish delight! Congratulations and really looking forward to it. I’m sure it will be as lovely as the first.

  6. Is that Claddagh as in those pretty rings or am I thinking of something else? So looking forward to reading this! Happy ePub day 🙂

  7. Thank you, Zana/Christina/Clare.

    Christina, the Claddagh is the two hands holding a heart/crown. It’s frequently a ring, but also a pendant, which is what features in AIP.

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